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How to Take Care of Your Skin in Winter

How to Take Care of Your Skin in Winter

Winter can be the most cozy time of the year. Just think about it: warm fire lit by the fireplace and family members gathered around it sipping their cup of hot chocolate, stuffed turkey roasting in the kitchen and oh-so-yummy desserts waiting to be shared and enjoyed. While you may be having the time of your life though, the winter weather could be sucking the life out of your skin!

Call Out The Beauty Emergency.

Dry, flaky, lifeless skin — it’s a cause for alarm and you should be concerned. The first thing that you must know is that these unbearable, unthinkable, unsightly skin conditions are not normal in winter, no matter how much you or your friends have been experiencing so for the past decade.  The thing is, your skin doesn’t have to suffer this pitiful condition.  Below are beauty tips for dry skin that you can follow:

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1. Limit Outdoor Time

There are fun winter activities that you can do outdoors and you shouldn’t miss out on those. We strongly agree that creating precious moments and experiences with people you care for are of utmost importance. All that we’re saying is that it doesn’t have to come at the expense of your skin.

So, do what you got to do in the snow but, make sure to keep to a limited time only. How many hours? That depends on your skin tolerance but, generally not more than an hour of continuous exposure in the chilly air.

2. Takeover Indoor Environmental Conditions

The reason why you want to spend most of your time indoors is because you can influence the temperature and moisture inside walled spaces. Turn the heater to a comfortable degree only — not too hot, not too cold.  You should also add a humidifier in your indoor spaces to make sure surrounding air stays moist.

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3. Carry Around a Mister in Your Purse

Whether indoors or outdoors, at least you have something to wet the air around you when you feel it begin to suck out the moisture and life out of your skin.  Spray about five inches away from your face. Make sure that your mist does not contain any irritating ingredients. Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy.

4. Wash Your Face and Bathe Twice Daily

By removing oil and dirt sitting on the surface of your skin, you are allowing your skin to breathe more easily. The real culprit when washing and bathing is the tap, which could be too hot for your skin, and the products that you are using which could be harsh. These can strip off your skin’s natural moisture and cause inflammation and damage.

5. Exfoliate and Scrub

Most people won’t even consider these. However, these basic beauty steps remain beneficial in winter as they do in spring. In fact, more debris are seated on your skin’s outer layers in winter because dry, dead skin is so common and your skin is shedding a lot. That’s why you need to exfoliate and scrub to get these off of your skin and allow a new skin layer to surface.

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6. Moisturize

Under such dry, freezing weather, your skin will appreciate receiving any kind of moisture to help revive and rejuvenate it.  You owe it to your skin though to be just as choosy with the products you use as in any other time of the year. Rather than going for a long lineup of moisturizing products, you should go for the quality of the products that you are using.

Stick to at least two moisturizers. Use one that can easily be absorbed and used up by your skin most especially a non-fragrant, cosmetic grade essential oil.  Make the other a heavier, more emollient cream. Use a more robust lineup for your nighttime routine.

7. Keep a Bottle of Water in Hand

Still, the best way to keep your skin hydrated is by taking in the moisture and allowing it to act on your skin. So, don’t forget your fluids. Make it more hearth warming by sipping on cups of hot soup to keep you warm but also to keep your skin moist.

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 CONCLUSION

Knowing how to take care of your skin in winter is a sensitize thing. Hence, we should get it right. Writer, Anton Chekhov, once wrote, ”People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” You should allow your skin to experience the same. Keep it happy throughout the seasons by taking better care of it so, it wouldn’t have to dread winter ever again, neither should you.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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